Megan Whitney Greenberg Traurig
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Megan Whitney has been practicing law for seven-and-a-half years in the public and private sectors. She began as a general litigator in New York assisting with state and federal claims as well as appellate litigation. The legal research, writing, and evidence gathering she conducted for a high profile wrongful death federal case resulted in a favorable settlement for the client. The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) in Alexandria, Virginia beckoned her, which spurred her departure from litigation with a solo practitioner to working at a large federal agency as a Trademark Examining Attorney. During her tenure at the USPTO, Ms. Whitney was responsible for examining thousands of trademark applications to determine if the proposed marks were registrable. She received outstanding performance ratings, quality and production bonuses, and promotions. Additionally, the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board affirmed several trademark refusals she issued. Ms. Whitney transitioned to private practice and accepted a position as an Associate at an AmLaw100 firm to represent the private sector in trademark prosecution, enforcement, and related intellectual property issues. While working at the firm she handled various matters for clients in several industries, ranging from computer technology to wholesale retail stores. The senior lawyers and partner of the Intellectual Property group within which she worked selected Ms. Whitney from a pool of Associates at the firm as: (1) the primary Associate to manage prosecution portfolio for diverse client base to secure trademark registration for new marks and protect existing trademarks from infringement, (2) one of two Associates to travel to headquarters of an international discount retailer to conduct time sensitive trade dress review, which prevented production of infringing products, and (3) as a primary legal research and analysis lead for a federal trademark infringement case regarding a special standard for damages. Her research contributed to the partner’s ultimate use of a novel theory as the basis for recovery in the case, which the partner successfully settled on the eve of trial. Armed with knowledge of how technology sector clients operated, Ms. Whitney forged on to pursue her goal of obtaining an in-house counsel position and moved to a Fortune 400 computer technology company. While working at that company, she received over ten awards from the company’s cloud computing Executive Sales Management, Education Services Executive Operations Management, and Executive Legal Management for her work, including for: (1) swiftly solving internal financial process issues and implementing a revised global procedure; and (2) successfully leading a team risk analysis project that assessed security standards, data privacy laws, financial laws, ethical obligations for the company and legal team, and SEC and SOX regulations. Ms. Whitney is currently working as a legal consultant and pursuing opportunities in SEC compliance, Data Privacy, and other areas of commercial contract law she became familiar with while working in house. A Phi Beta Kappa member, she graduated from New York Law School in 2005 where she was a member and executive member of the Moot Court Team and selected to serve on the Media Law and Policy Journal. She received a dual B.A./M.A. in Political Science from Boston University in 2002, summa cum laude with distinction.